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Ngala Beach Lodge

Main Road Ngala, 15km North of Dwangwa, Nkhotakota Malawi
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#3 of 6 lodges in Nkhotakota
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Welcome to our luxury accommodation and friendly personal service with stunning views of both the lake and Vipya Mountains. Ngala Lodge is one of the only places on the lake that offers a view of both sunrise and sunset over the water. The spacious accommodation will ensure comfort and privacy.The accommodation comprises: • 2 x Deluxe A-frames with private verandas which overlook the beach and lake and offer guests privacy and comfort and feature a private garden. Each room has en-suite bathroom, sitting area and coffee and tea station. 1 x Deluxe A-frame with 2 bedrooms, lounge area and private veranda. Also overlooking the lake this accommodation offers personal space and privacy. •6 x Executive Rooms with private verandas. All of these rooms feature en-suite bathrooms, sitting areas and coffee and tea stations. They overlook expansive gardens to the infinity pool and lake beyond.Our friendly trained staff will attend to your every need; we at Ngala pride ourselves on providing the highest levels of service.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Bar / lounge
Beach
Canoeing
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Internet
Infinity pool
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Hiking
Walking tours
Baggage storage
Mosquito net
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Private bathrooms
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Lake View
Great View
Languages Spoken
English

Location

Main Road Ngala, 15km North of Dwangwa, Nkhotakota Malawi
Ngala Beach Lodge
Getting there
Lilongwe Intl Airport
100.4 mi
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Russell Smith wrote a review Feb 2024
London, United Kingdom56 contributions8 helpful votes
What a warm welcome from all the staff and the owners! We have been here before for lunch and love it! We had mincemeat nachos, chips and a salad. Huge portions and delicious. Well-stocked bar too! I have posted a picture of the view that greets you on arrival! Worth a visit just for that! We’ll be back (as Arnie might have said).
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Room Tip: Bring your swimming gear! Lovely pool.
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Robert J wrote a review Oct 2023
Weybridge, United Kingdom13 contributions
As a first-time visitor to Malawi, I was happy to accept the offer from Dan & Trish, Ngala’s owners to arrange a local trusted driver to collect me from Lilongwe airport upon my arrival. The service can be arranged with prior notice. The transit took around 4.5 hours along roads that vary from smooth & well maintained to what only could be described as ‘war torn’. My driver expertly avoided the deep un marked holes in the road, worn out crumbled edges and at times taking to the sand at the side of the road being the safest route, I was glad to be in the hands of a local expert. It is not a route to be used at night especially for the novice! Ngala trading post is a busy village full of friendly locals buying and selling their goods. We entered the sandy bumpy side road at the outskirts leading to the entrance of Ngala Beach lodge. Some 500 meters down the lane their gates came into view and opened. With a beaming smile their staff member pointed us to the reception area. My first impression was an oasis of green lush grass bushes and trees. The Thatched building welcomed visitors with an air of tranquility. I was immediately met by happy smiling staff who quickly dealt with my bags administered the minimal paperwork and took me to my room. Once settled in Dan & Trish came to welcome me personally to the lodge which I thought was a nice touch. During my stay I noticed they approached every new visitor and welcomed them to Ngala. This is clearly a top down approach and it shows in the warmth and friendliness of all the staff. I had booked an ‘A’ frame accommodation overlooking lake Malawi. King size bed, separate toilet, shower, more than enough hot water. Plenty of luggage space and an area to hang all your clothes plus two comfy chairs to relax. The A frame has double French doors that look out onto a small patio area with chairs. The room has plenty of power sockets, overhead fan for the hot nights and mosquito net as a standard requirement. The main building has an open plan restaurant overlooking the deck, gardens and lake. There is a comprehensive menu with local fish and meat dishes plus lots more. If you are a pudding fan, I would recommend the Malva pudding a SA dish with a twist on the recipe by Trish. 😊. Food is available all day as is the Ngala breakfast which is a must for those who like a cooked breakfast. The bar overlooks the gardens and lake and provides access to the infinity pool. There is plenty of seating either at the bar or throughout the room and is open from 6am – 22:00 I did my research and there are currently 11 rooms including two family rooms. This makes Ngala something of a rare find in my book. Quite the select retreat. The staff leave you in peace if you want to chill and relax but seem to know when you would like a drink or something to eat. There is a campsite down by the beach at one end of the site & during my stay a few 4x4 vehicles with roof top tents arrived and on one occasion what looked like an ex army lorry with around 10 people made camp. It was great. So many stories of their adventures across Malawi, SA and beyond. There are a few local tours that can be organised but I recommend these are arranged via the lodge and not the locals. Ngala operate a shop on site called Gologolo that sell groceries & local items with proceeds that go to charities. These are verified. I was told not to give money when out on trips! If you really want adventure as I did, you can book an excursion to Likoma Island. The Likoma Express boat operates out of Ngala Beach Lodge a few times a week the lady in the office is called Sam and is very helpful Ngala Beach Lodge is a truly wonderful place to stay, great hosts in Dan and Trish, wonderful friendly staff beautiful & gardens, immaculate beach great food and comfy rooms. What more can I say Thank you!
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Sue Dawe wrote a review Oct 2023
London, United Kingdom12 contributions1 helpful vote
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Great lodge, clean comfy rooms, large beds👍 This lodge on the lake does what is says on the label. Beautiful gardens, best of those visited in Malawi. Our room overlooked the lake, Excellent restaurant, first class food. Staff so friendly. Trish and Dan go out of their way to make you feel at home and we’re there early on leaving day to say goodbye. Extremely good value for food, service and experience
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Wessel E wrote a review May 2023
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Experienced the coziest feel while staying at Ngala beach lodge, the Ngala team are friendly and eager to greet, smile and have a chat to you, the food is great and the drinks taste as sweet as the beautiful view over the lake, i do highly recommend trying anything on their menu, from chicken tenders to pizza’s to kampango burgers, everything tastes of excellent cuisine, they do also have a homemade garlic and chilli sauce, do taste it, it’s amazing. It felt like home but only better, a place in Malawi that stole my heart, thanks Ngala beach lodge management and team
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Room Tip: Ngala Beach lodge is also used as a docking point for the Likoma Express, a worthwhile trip to go...
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Response from Dan James, General Manager at Ngala Beach Lodge
Responded 8 May 2023
Dear Wessel, Thank you so much for your lovely review! We really enjoyed hosting you at Ngala Beach Lodge and we are looking forward to you visiting us again soon. We will make sure to pass on your kind comments to the team, The chefs are always delighted to hear such positive feed back. Kind regards Trish, Dan and the Ngala Beach Lodge Team.
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Ramona R wrote a review Nov 2022
The Ngala Beach Lodge is a beautiful place surround by warm-hearted people and a wonderful landscape. The rooms are comfortable and clean. The Service is so friendly and always focused on a solution. Trisha and Dan give us the feeling of coming home:) We enjoy the delicious food that also included the local Chambo-fish! The Team of the Lodge can also organize a boat-trip on the Lake (sometimes you can see hippos;)) or a hiking-tour to the waterfalls. It was an amazing experience! We will come back. Tip: The Ngala Beach Lodge will get this year an Boat-transfer to the Lakomi-island!
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 5 Nov 2022
Dear Ramona, Many thanks for your kind review! we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us at Ngala Beach Lodge. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Kind regards Dan, Trish and the Team
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ManjoloMalawiTravel wrote a review Oct 2022
Lilongwe, Malawi182 contributions5 helpful votes
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We stayed two nights in an A-Frame just up from the beach under the shade of some large trees surrounded by green grass. The beach was immaculately clean (one of the best we’ve seen in some time) and the yellow sand was so incredibly soft! Our room remained cool and breezy at night and with a very comfortable bed we slept soundly. Although the lake was choppy we tried the kayaks for some fun! We found some surprises on the menu such as nachos and tacos and they were excellent. We ordered the tacos three times (fish were the best)!! The campsite was also well organized and something we look forward to trying in the future. Trish and Dan and Paul were very kind and warm hosts making the experience even better. This is a gorgeous property highlighting the beauty of Nkhotakota and we can’t wait to return again and try some other activities they will have available soon. Located only 400m from the M5 tarmac road means it’s extremely easy to access. The northern lakeshore is indeed special and known for being quiet, beautiful and private- we definitely found that here!
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 5 Nov 2022
Dear ManjoloMalawiTravel, Many thanks for your kind review! we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us at Ngala Beach Lodge. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Kind regards Dan, Trish and the Team
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Konrad E wrote a review May 2022
Schwindegg, Germany87 contributions23 helpful votes
the lodge has excellent accomodation, very good service and great food. The owners Trish and Dan are very nice people. I have stayed there the third time in February / March 2022 and will be back in July. I recommended it to some friends for a easter holiday and they were absolutely delighted.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Room Tip: there are three very nice straw thatched bungalows facing the lake with nice terraces to sit and...
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Responded 5 Nov 2022
Dear Konrad, Many thanks for your kind review! we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us at Ngala Beach Lodge. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Kind regards Dan, Trish and the Team
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Nathalie d wrote a review Dec 2021
Zambia7 contributions
November 24th, 2021 Definitively the best experience we had so far ashore the Lake. Camping along the beach, on large grass area and under shady trees, very quiet place, nice swimming pool. The rebuilding of the bar/restaurant is not at all a nuisance. We had diner served at our campsite along the beach ! And most of all, the hosts, Trish & Dan are just wonderful ! Caring about their guests, giving useful information and telling nice stories about Malawi. It’s a 100% for this place.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 28 Dec 2021
Dear Nathalie, thank you so much for your kind review! We have now finished construction of our new bar, kitchen and restaurant area, we hope you get to visit us again soon to see the changes! Kind Regards Dan, Trish and the Ngala Beach Lodge Team
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liph_ango wrote a review Dec 2020
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We just love this place,we camped in my self built campervan and just loved it ,it was so relaxing to camp in the well looked after garden and well maintained beach,and the food was great aswell,and the owners were great aswell,they kept checking on us,we highly recommend the place
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 29 Dec 2020
Dear liphango, Thank you so much for your kind review, we hope you can visit us again soon! Regards Dan, Trish & the Ngala Beach Lodge Team
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Tammy wrote a review Jan 2020
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My Husband and I currently stayed @ngala beach lodge, words cannot describe how amazing it is, Trish and Team made our trip complete, Food is amazing, chalet is amazing and list goes on Thank you so much Trish and Team, we will definitely recommend your place to everyone we know! You guys are awesome!!!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 3 Jan 2020
Hi Guys, Thank you so much for your kind review, we are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us! We really do hope to see you again soon, it was an absolutely pleasure hosting you at Ngala Beach Lodge. Trish, Dan and the rest of the Ngala Beach Lodge team.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ngala Beach Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Ngala Beach Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Ngala Beach Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Ngala Beach Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Ngala Beach Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Ngala Beach Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.